The Dana Middle elective program allows students to expand their talents and explore new interests! Follow the links to the left to explore the variety of electives available at Dana. View the FAQ below.
Follow this link to view an Elective Program informational video created by students.
Q: Do all students receive an elective?
A: Yes. All students are scheduled for one elective for the entire year. Students can select a different elective their second year at Dana.
Q: How do students select an elective?
A: Students and parents have the opportunity to request electives during February when completing the Matriculation Card. Students are asked to rank their top five elective choices. This information is used when scheduling students for classes for the following year.
Q: I reviewed the Matriculation Card and saw an elective I was interested in. Can I assume it will be offered next year?
A: Elective classes with limited interest may not be offered. We will not offer the class if we do not have enough requests. If this should occur, we will automatically attempt to place the child in their second choice.
Q: Why didn't my student receive their top elective choice?
A: Our goal is to provide every student with one of their top three elective choices. Unfortunately we cannot make this happen 100% of the time. There are a variety of reasons why:
We do the best we can to meet the needs of all students. We have a process for collecting requests for schedule changes due to elective assignments. Please download the form in English
IMPORTANT: Requests to have or not have specific teachers will not be taken or considered. All teachers, counselors, and administrators are in agreement of the following policy. The only exception to the above policy would be a student (not a sibling or friend) who has personally had a bad experience with the teacher the previous year and is requesting to not have that specific teacher again.
Q: Why was my student automatically placed in the Math or Academic Language Development elective?
A: Some children may be automatically placed in our Math or ALD elective classes because they have been identified as needing additional support in these core subject areas. Parents of students being scheduled into these classes will be contacted by our master schedule team.